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Ritual Crown

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Native Name:
Chodpau
Object Number:
49-24-1
Current Location:
Collections storage
Culture:
Tibetan
Tibetan Buddhist
Provenience:
Tibet
Ladakh
Date Made:
19th Century
Early Date:
1949
Late Date:
1949
Section:
Asian
Materials:
Leather
Pigment
Technique:
Painted
Iconography:
Dhyani Buddhas
Akshobhya Buddha
Amitabha Buddha
Vairochana Buddha
Ratna Sambhava Buddha
Amoghasiddhi Buddha
Horse
Lion
Elephant
Peacock
kinnara
Jewel
Wheel
Thunderbolt
Lotus
Description:
Chodpau, ritual crown. Five panels of leather painted with representations of Buddhas. This five-peaked crown is worn by lamas during ceremonies as the Yamataka (Conqueror of Death), a ceremony which exorcised the human emotions of anger, avarice, lust, and envy. This particular crown is painted with a representation of the Five Dhyani Buddhas, a theme common to esoteric Buddhism. Left to right are Ratna Sambhava, south, horse, holy jewel; Vairocana, center, lion, wheel; Akshoby, east, elephant, thunderbolt; Amitabha, west, peacock, lotus; and Amoghasiddha, north Kinnara (man-bird), double thunderbolt. Each with their associated symbols, some of which have been lost elsewhere. Very old and very rare, but in bad condition.
Credit Line:
Gift of Schuyler V. R. Cammann

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition (12 Dec 1985 - 21 Oct 2012)
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